Our counseling programs are based on the idea that a child lives within a family, and a family lives within the community. Our therapists deal with the big picture while working with children, parents and other family members to address problems and improve social and emotional difficulties. Counseling services can reduce stress and conflict, improve parenting skills and strengthen family ties.
Individual and family counseling is available for children and adolescents who need help with:
- Physical or sexual abuse, neglect or other trauma
- Depression and anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Problems due to divorce, separation, remarriage or death of a loved one
- Parent-child conflicts
- Pre- and post-adoption transition
- Anger management issues
- Academic or behavioral school problems
- Individual and family counseling
- Play therapy (using Theraplay and The Marschack Interaction Method)
- Parent/child coaching, using principles of Parent Child Interactive Therapy
- Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- Grief and loss counseling
- Adoption counseling
- Group counseling
- Psychological testing
- Psychiatric medication evaluation and medication management
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services therapists have extensive experience working with children, parents and families, including those involved in the child welfare system.
Melissa Del Rosario, MA, LPC, earned a master's degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy and is a licensed professional counselor. Melissa's area of interest is in working with adolescents. She has experience with high risk youth and adolescents involved in foster care and group home settings as well as youth living with their biological families who display a variety of behaviors including trauma, abuse, aggression, anxiety and depression. Melissa has experience working in transitional living placements, group homes and in-home programs. She provides individual, family and group counseling for children, adolescents and adults. Melissa's approach to therapy is client- and family-centered with a focus on empowering families and youth.
Aaron Heffernan, LCSW, is a child and family therapist with over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. Specializing in the field of trauma, he has worked with children and adults who are coping with depression, anxiety, divorce, and family and community violence, and has worked extensively with children in the foster care and adoption systems since 2005. He is a certified practitioner of EMDR, and uses expressive modalities such as play therapy, bibliotherapy, and music and art-based therapies with a wide range of clients. Aaron completed certification in Trauma Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011, and is pursuing certification as a Trauma Specialist with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.Aaron is also a partner with Project UJIMA, a program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin that provides outreach to children and families who are victims of community violence. In 2010, Aaron developed a Hip Hop Music Therapy program which he has implemented at UJIMA’s summer camp for traumatized adolescents.
Elizabeth Lanter, MSW, APSW, earned a master's degree in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a therapist in training working on becoming a licensed clinical social worker. She has an advanced clinical practice certificate in Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her therapeutic practices primarily focus on the socio-emotional development of the parent, the socio-emotional development of the child, and their relationship. She provides strength-based individual, family and group services. She has experience working with children and families impacted by physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse domestic violence, physical neglect and emotional neglect, mostly involved in the child welfare system.
Courtney Meindl, MS, LPC, received a master's degree in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a licensed professional counselor. She has six years experience working with children, adolescents and families in community, day treatment, residential and inpatient treatment settings. Courtney provides individual, family and group therapy services, and has experience working with children who have experienced abuse, domestic violence and neglect. Courtney also has a strong interest in working with young children experiencing behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, grief and attachment disorders. Courtney uses a variety of therapeutic techniques in her work and she is currently working towards certification as a registered play therapist.
Jenny Miller, MSE, LPC, earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is a licensed professional counselor. Jenny's area of interest is in working with adolescents, especially those considered high risk, and their families who are experiencing behavioral and emotional problems related to family relationships, social and identity issues and trauma. Jenny provides individual, family and group counseling for children, adolescents and adults using a strength-based, family-centered approach.
Kate Petzold, MS, LPC, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a master's degree in Community Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor. She works with children and adolescents through psychotherapeutic counseling on the behavioral and emotional issues related to adoption. She provides both individual and family therapy. She has a strong interest in child abuse and neglect, childhood depression and anxiety, and attachment issues. She has participated in Reactive Attachment Disorder training and plans to continue her education in this area. She has nine years of experience in the social service field. Kate has experience working with children whose caregiver is deemed high risk for child abuse and neglect. She is trained in and has facilitated the Nurturing Program for biological parents working to have their child returned to their care. She has facilitated an Independent Living Skills group for adolescents. She has experience working with the mentally ill population. She has worked with women who were victims of domestic violence. Kate uses different therapeutic techniques in her work with children and families including cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic, play therapy and family systems techniques.
Danielle E. Sample, PsyD, holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has experience providing services in community mental health, day treatment, residential, private practice and school settings. She provides individual, family and group counseling to children, adolescents and adults. Danielle specializes in treating youth who suffer from mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders as well as children who have been victims of abuse and neglect.
Shanna Sullivan, LCSW, has a masters' degree in Social Work and received her training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a certificate in Trauma Counseling and practices Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is a strong believer in helping children and families to find a way to use their inner strength and life experiences in the healing process. During her career, Shanna has provided interventions in various community settings including families involved with the child welfare system, hospital settings and those needing higher level psychiatric care. Shanna enjoys working with children ages four to 18, specializing in separation, foster care, reunification, adoption, grief and loss, medical trauma, and family and generational trauma issues, including neglect, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Using art and play therapy techniques, Shanna has guided many children and families in their journey towards recovery.
Lene H. Trost, MA, LCSW, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has worked as a social worker and child and family therapist for approximately 20 years. She specializes in working with children and adults who have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and who have or are involved in the child welfare system. Lene also specializes in treating issues related to grief and loss.